Phone

An overview of all the phone devices I have for personal- as well as business-use, including details about each individual one.

Phone

I keep multiple phones around for different purposes. I don’t have all of them with me all the time and I limit my reachability to the absolute necessary. I try to be reachable for a handful very close contacts, but apart from that I will get back only during designated times.

The phones I have serve designated purposes, therefor each has a different set of apps on them. In case either of them should break, I might temporarily move some apps to one of the other devices.

m0t0k0: Samsung Galaxy S10 (SM-G973F)

m0t0k0

m0t0k0 became my primary personal phone and runs /e/OS, a custom de-Googled, Android-based ROM that is focused on privacy. It uses microG instead of Gapps, connectivity checks don’t use any Google servers, it doesn’t use Google’s NTP nor DNS and it uses Mozilla’s location services for geo-location lookups.

It’s a good middle ground between being completely exposed to Google (and Samsung) but still having more compatibility to run apps that I can’t get rid of due to personal circumstances, than one might have with e.g. GrapheneOS. I also happened to have the Galaxy S10 around since 2019 so I thought I’d make use of it up until it dies. So far it has held up pretty well, with only the physical buttons not working too good anymore. If I was to pick up a new smartphone today, I’d probably go with a newer Pixel and give Graphene a try nevertheless.

I try to get most of the apps that I use from F-Droid and make sure I check the repositories for any red flags. However, there are some apps I can’t get rid of, for which I use Aurora Store to download/update them.

Apps

  • 1Password
  • AirGuard
  • AntennaPod
  • AnySoftKeyboard
  • Apps (/e/OS)
  • Arcticons Dark & Light
  • Aurora Store
  • Bromite
  • Browser (/e/OS)
  • Calculator
  • Calendar (/e/OS)
  • Camera (/e/OS)
  • Clock (/e/OS)
  • Contacts (/e/OS)
  • Conversations (XMPP)
  • Crypto Prices
  • Daylio
  • Editor
  • Element
  • F-Droid
  • Files (/e/OS)
  • Firefox
  • Foreground
  • Gallery (/e/OS)
  • Grocy
  • Hypatia
  • Jitsi Meet
  • K-9 Mail
  • KeePassDX
  • LibreAV
  • LibreOffice Viewer (/e/OS)
  • LibreTranslator
  • M.A.L.P.
  • Magic Earth (/e/OS)
  • Mail (/e/OS)
  • Manyverse
  • Message (/e/OS)
  • Music (/e/OS)
  • Music Player GO
  • NewPipe
  • Notes (/e/OS)
  • OpenKeychain (/e/OS)
  • Orbot
  • OsmAnd~
  • Pdf Viewer Plus (/e/OS)
  • Phone (/e/OS)
  • Pushover
  • QR & Barcode Scanner
  • Recorder (/e/OS)
  • Session
  • Signal
  • Simple Gallery Pro
  • Slide
  • Status
  • Stoic Reading
  • Syncthing
  • Tasks (/e/OS)
  • Termux
  • Tor Browser
  • Uber
  • VLC
  • Voice
  • Weather
  • WireGuard

j0l1y: Pine64 Pinephone Pro Explorer Edition

j0l1y

j0l1y is my experimental phone, which I’m currently test-driving to see whether I can replace m0t0k0 with it eventually. It’s a Pinephone Pro and hence an actual Linux phone. I’m mostly using it for evaluation purpose.

Most of its software isn’t ready for prime time yet. While Plasma Mobile has most of the looks that you’d expect from a modern smartphone, it glitches in many areas and is generally quite sluggish on the Pinephone Pro.

Phosh on the other hand is more lightweight, it is however a UI and UX disaster.

At this moment in time, the Pinephone is less stable and usable than a RockPi 4 (which happens to rock a similar 3399 chip). If you’re looking for a super portable Linux device with some battery runtime that you can connect to an external display/keyboard/mouse to fiddle around with, the Pinephone Pro is for you. If you’re only looking for an Android or iOS replacement, better look somewhere else.

Apps

Since I’m currently test-driving this it doesn’t make sense to list the ever changing apps here.


p4bl0: iPhone 11 Pro Max

Who they waitin' on? That's Pablo!

p4bl0 is my business phone which keeps my primary, as well as my secondary business number online and available through Apple’s Messages and FaceTime. It also has Signal, as well as Matrix running, since I’m using both these platforms for business purposes. I also have access to business mail, calendars and contacts on it.

I also have WhatsApp installed on this phone, which is using a burner number however. Believe it or not, there are companies and even countries on this planet that seem to be run on WhatsApp, with corporate communication and even government agency services happening over Facebook’s messaging platform.

I still use Apple Fitness+ during these times, in combination with the Apple Watch that I have. I don’t wear the Apple Watch outside of workout sessions anymore and I’m looking forward to move to a different wearable that I can sync data from in an open format, without using proprietary apps and cloud services.

I don’t usually take this device with me everywhere I go and instead limit it to only the times I have to be available for business related purposes.

Apps

I have the following apps installed on the iOS device:

  • 1Password
  • Amazon
  • App in the Air
  • App Store (iOS)
  • Apple Maps (iOS)
  • Calcbot
  • Calendar (iOS)
  • Camera (iOS)
  • Cardhop
  • Clock (iOS)
  • Compass (iOS)
  • Contacts (iOS)
  • Deliveries
  • Element
  • FaceTime (iOS)
  • Fantastical
  • Files (iOS)
  • Find My (iOS)
  • Firefox
  • Fitness (iOS)
  • GitHub
  • Google Maps
  • Google Translate
  • Govee Home
  • Halide
  • Health (iOS)
  • Hello Weather
  • Jitsi Meet
  • LinkedIn
  • Magnifier (iOS)
  • Mail (iOS)
  • Mail Boxes Etc
  • Marriott
  • Measure (iOS)
  • Messages (iOS)
  • Orbot
  • OsmAnd Maps
  • Pixelmator
  • Phone (iOS)
  • Photos (iOS)
  • Progress
  • Pushover
  • Reeder
  • Safari (iOS)
  • Settings (iOS)
  • Shazam
  • Shop
  • Shortcuts (iOS)
  • Signal
  • Stocks (iOS)
  • SwiftScan
  • Translate (iOS)
  • Uber
  • Voice Memos (iOS)
  • Volcanoes & Earthquakes
  • VSCO
  • Wallet (iOS)
  • Watch (iOS)
  • WhatsApp
  • YouTube
  • YT Studio
  • Various Telco apps
  • Various VPN clients
  • Various banking apps

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